Explosion and fire at Kaohsiung City oil refinery leaves nearby residents terrified

A hydrogen leak at a hydro-desulfurization unit at the Dalin Refinery in Kaohsiung City last night caused an explosion and fire that left nearby residents so terrified that they are demanding the government relocate their village, according to reports this morning, October 28. Fortunately there were no casualties following the incident. The explosion and fire occurred at 10:35 pm at the CPC refinery on Zhonglin Road in Xiaogang District. The Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau dispatched 18 vehicles and 40 personnel

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5 injured after gangster’s home arsenal explodes, tearing through residential building

Five residents of a New Taipei City residential complex were injured yesterday, when a gangster’s store of explosive materials ignited, resulting in a blast that damaged 12 apartments in two buildings. The explosion occurred in an apartment on the 4th floor of a 6-storey building in Datong Street, Sanxia District, at around 3:30 pm yesterday, Sunday, October 23. The resident of the apartment, a 27-year-old man named Liu, suffered 2nd degree burns to 36% of his body and is currently

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Snorkeler missing off northeast coast for 24 hours picked up by fishing boat

A man who went missing while snorkeling off the coast of New Taipei City yesterday was rescued by a fishing boat in Yilan County this morning, Sunday, May 8. According to reports, the 43-year-old man, named Shen, went snorkeling with a partner, named You, near Magang Fishing Port in Gongliao District at around 8:00 am Saturday. At around noon, You went ashore but was unable to find Shen. You searched for several hours before calling the New Taipei City Fire

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Driver was reading text messages when truck crashed into freeway maintenance crew killing 2

The driver of a truck that crashed into two road maintenance vehicles on National Freeway 3 yesterday, causing two deaths and three injuries, told police that he was using his phone at the time of the accident. The National Highway Police Bureau said that at 2:45 pm yesterday, May 6, the truck carrying 50,000 rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 crashed into the road crew in the southbound lanes on the Xihu section of freeway 3 in Miaoli County. Two of

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Biotech company prosecuted for selling filthy fish farm water as cure-all health drink

The owner of a biochemical product company has been charged with offences against health food regulations after an investigation into a cure-all product that was found to be made from filtered, but unsterilized water from a fish farm in Nantou County. According to the investigation, the 73-year-old man, named Guo, raised freshwater grouper at a fish farm in Nantou County and opened an office of a biochemical technology company in Taichung City. Guo filtered feed residue and excrement out of

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Taiwan’s first Tesla police cars debut in Kaohsiung City

Police received two Tesla electric cars to be used as police cars at a handover ceremony in Kaohsiung City today, and they are the first Teslas to be used as police vehicles in Taiwan. Ching Chan Optical Technology and the Tianzhen Foundation donated the two Tesla Model 3 cars worth NT$3.3 million to help police with the work of detection and prevention of crime. One car will be used by the criminal investigation team in Hunei District, and the other

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One body located after two hikers fall from trail in Central Mountain Range

An aerial search has located the body of one of two hikers who fell from a trail on a mountain in central Taiwan this morning, February 26. The Hsinchu County Fire Department and Taichung City Fire Department dispatched a joint search and rescue operation involving 10 personnel and a helicopter, after receiving a report of the accident on Pintian Mountain on the border of the two counties, at around 11:00 am. According to reports, a group of six hikers on

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Police find 1 of 3 missing river tracers: search for 2 continues

Taitung County police have found one man who was a member of a river tracing group reported missing yesterday, and will continue to search for the remaining two missing men, who they believe were washed away while attempting to wade across a stream. On Friday, December 10, the three men, named Hsu, Du, and Luo, began a three day hike and river tracing trip aiming to reach Lulu Hot Springs in a remote mountain area in Haiduan Township. On the

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6 injured after drag race car plows into spectators

At least six people were injured when a car slid sideways into a crowd watching a drag race in Yunlin County today, December 4. Video footage of the incident shows the wheels of a white Mercedes Benz spinning and smoking at the start of a race, and the driver apparently losing control before sliding into the crowd sideways and in reverse. The accident happened at around 4:20 pm. According to reports, six people were injured. Among the injured, some were

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World champ e-sports player arrested for MARIJUANA!!!

An e-sports player who represented Taiwan’s 2012 winning team in the Season 2 World Championship of League of Legends has been arrested and charged for trafficking marijuana, according to reports today, September 29. Kurtis Lau Wai-kin, a native of Hong Kong better known by his in-game moniker Toyz, was arrested after a search of his home earlier today. The Chief Prosecutor of the Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office said that police conducted a search of the 29-year-old’s residence in Taipei after

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Air, land, sea search for missing intoxicated Brit ends with good news

An air, land, and sea search for a man who was believed missing after leaving a beachside bar in Kenting to go swimming this morning was called off when he was found asleep in his hotel room. According to reports, the 35-year-old British resident of Kaohsiung City left his wallet, phone, and clothing at the bar to go for a swim in South Bay, but failed to return. The bar owner found the man’s belongings when he was about to

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